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♪ and crave the love you threw away ♪ welcome back. the other shoe about to drop in major league baseball. more than a dozen players facing long suspensions for their ties to a florida anti--aging clinic. topping the list the highest paid player ever. joining us to talk about it all, sports radio host, jason page. jason, welcome. take us through the big names on the list. >> start with alex rodriguez, the biggest fish of all. the one major league baseball wants to go and get. almost as if they want to punish him retroactively. we'll get to more of that in a second. nelson cruz of the texas rangers. a big one as well. jhonny peralta, detroit tigers. a great job. another name you have to look out for. could impact the team. and then everth cabrera. another up and coming, all-star caliber player, another guy that
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could be on the list. several others on the list. what people need to remember, these are the big names that could impact pennant races now. >> let's talk how many game suspensions, what are you hearing? >> could be basically remainder of the regular season. they want to get these done. if any of the teams make the playoffs, major league baseball wants the guys eligible for the post season. or maybe the teams want them to be able to come back and play in the toast season. it's important that they try to get the suspensions handed down. ryan braun was 65 games. regular season. post season. nelson cruz, a guy they want to get back. jhonny peralta, they want to get him back. >> tell us about the teams that will be hurt right now. >> the rangers, if texas loses nelson cruz. the team's struggled since losing josh hamilton to free agency. the yankees -- any third baseman
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right now, for the yankees, alex rodriguez, at this deteriorating stage of his career would be anything they put at third base throughout the entire season. the yankees would love to get a-rod back. as much as they don't want him back, head ache, distraction. >> money. money would they love to keep the money. have him go away. >> $100 million. 100 million reasons they would like baseball to do this. lifetime ban not that likely. >> what are we talking about in terms of the hold-up with the announcement? >> it could come friday. it could come as late as mopd. monday. i don't think they want to wait later than monday as some people are speculating. if it comes down after monday, you are talking 50 games. could run into the post season. an issue for major league baseball. in the case of alex rodriguez, this hasn't been announced they would like to announce all the suspensions at once. they're trying to reach a settlement deal with a-rod. the sides are way far apart from what i'm hearing to getting any sett settlement.
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a- through arbitration. >> do you think the yankees would look to see this go away? you talk about them needing a third base maybe this season. would they, would they take him back on the hope that is it and be on the hook all the seasons for the money. >> he could be back with them as early as next week right now if suspensions don't get handed down. if they suspend him will he be allowed to play through an appeal? >> right. >> that is one of the great unknowns right now. will he be able to play? one quick thing. if alex rodriguez or any guys are suspended i talked to some body close to major league baseball who told me they may extend the trade deadline. some teams that get impacted by this might still need to be able to make moves. that's a possibility as well. >> wow. so much riding on this. jason page, excellent expertise, as always, we appreciate it. we'll be right back. ♪ when you'll be blue ♪ your cheating heart will tell on you ♪ >> announcer: "world news now" continue after this from our a
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♪ you ain't nothing but a hound dog that snoops around the door ♪ ♪ you're just an old hound dog snooping around my door ♪ all right. most people talk to their dogs and cats. wouldn't it be nice if you could understand how they answer you back? >> some researchers are tracking that down.
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some of what they're finding is a real surprise. abc's linzie janis has been talking to the animals. >> reporter: pets are always this easy to read. >> there is a lot of jumping, tails wagging. >> he'll stick out, like, his lower tooth like this, huh? >> reporter: researchers say there may be some, shall we say, misunderstandings between us. scientists in japan used high speed cameras to track doggy facial expressions in different situations and found similar patterns in how they behaved. they say raised eyebrows, perilously the left one means, i would like your attention. they notice the dog's left ear moves back when coming across a stranger, which expresses fear. >> kind of looks away. try to look at her. looking away. a sign that she is not very happy. >> reporter: in dog-speak that means i'm being polite. avoiding confrontation. cats are more complicated. in britain animal scientists came up with a self-help video for cat owners looking to decode their mysterious ways. like this kitty rolling over. think this means rub my belly, preez?
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not quite. that would be a violation of trust. he's telling you, rub my head. and not for too long either. cats like a lot of me time. so next time you think kitty need a big hug or fido is carefree, take a closer look. after all, communication is everything. linzie janis, abc news, new york. >> all right. i don't know if i am an expert. i get a feeling dogs, in most cases, i feel like i can get what they're going for. cats on the other hand, i have no clue. >> i had a cat once. she did not like me. she did not like me. >> she might have loved you. you just don't know. maybe she didn't. >> serial killer that's what they say. maybe you don't want to know what your cat is talking about. >> do you have a dog? >> would love to have a dog. not quite responsible enough to have a dog. >> lot of work. great commitment. i'm thinking about getting one. i had one years ago. might be time for another one. >> wish you luck with that one. a puppy, or big dog? >> ultimate, rescue, rescue do
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if you have a tough time getting out of bed, you're up all night watching us. a new app, alarm clock app for iphone, called the walk up, pretty awesome. the inventor, ricky hough, said he wanted to create something to address his problem. he said, one day, i couldn't get out of bed. i need something to get my first steps going. the app has a sensor. it won't shut off till you walk ten steps. can't shake it. it knows. set to walk as much as 100 steps before you set it down. costs 99 cents. if you're the kind of person that doesn't get out of bed, it may be the app for you. >> the app for me. that would work. ♪ politics and foreign wars all the weather all the scores that's the world news polka ♪ ♪ around the world and up your street "the skinny" is our gossip sheet that that's the world news polka ♪ ♪ it's late at night and you're wide awake and you're not wearing pants grab your world news now mug and everybody dance ♪
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this morning on "world news now" -- international threat. u.s. embassies in muslim nations set to shut down for one day because of what officials say is a serious and credible threat against united states interests. true bravery and false bravado as victim michele knight stands strong against the man who kidnapped, tortures, and rained her. he insists he is not a monster. this morning what experts are saying about his delusional ramblings. >> plus the rains came fast and furious. parts of the south get slammed, sparking dramatic rescues. also this morning, we're learning more about how the tv show "glee" will incorporate the sudden overdose of one of its stars. the show will tackle the issue of drugs head-on. it is friday, august 2nd.
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>> announcer: fromy friday, eve. >> happy friday indeed. >> tai, great to have you here. >> it's good to be here as well. and look forward to the rest of the show. >> are you used to saying august yet? august 2nd. >> no. that is strange. and you know, august just feels like the end of the summer. >> i know. we have a lot. we have to pack it in and enjoy it. it does sound strange. tail end. >> that's right. let's just begin. >> let's do it. >> half glass full. we'll begin this half hour with a new threat overseas against the united states. >> the state department announced it is closing all u.s. embassies and consulates sunday across the muslim world, possibly more days. abc's karen travers has the latest. >> reporter: u.s. officials are warning abut a specific threat, credible, serious, clearly aimed at m at american interests in the muslim world. beginning sunday, american embassies or consulates in a dozen countries will be closed. including some of our biggest, egypt, iraq, and kuwait. >> security considerations have led us to take this
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precautionary step. >> reporter: a senior u.s. official told abc news there is a specific threat, concerted effort against a u.s. embassy or consulate. we just don't know what the specific target is. another u.s. official added there could be other targets, not just embassies. this is the first mass closing of embassies and consulates due to an intelligence threat since 2002, the first anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. >> the department, when conditions warrant, takes steps to balance continued operations with security and safety. >> reporter: normally the decision to shut down operations at embassies would be made by an ambassador. this time, washington is ordering the closures. for now they're just set for sunday as u.s. intelligence officials work to get more specifics. karen travers, abc news, washington. here at home, quite a few shocking specifics coming out of the ariel castro sentencing hearing in cleveland. witness after witness testifying as we heard new details about how the three victims endured bondage in rusty chains, weeks with little food.
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in the end ariel castro was sentenced to life in prison plus an additional 1,000 years, not before his victim, first victim, michelle knight faced down her captor in person. >> i spent 11 years in hell, now your hell is just beginning. i will overcome all of this that happened. but you will face hell for eternity. from this moment on, i will not let you define me or affect who i am. >> now after michelle knight finished her statement, castro himself spoke up in a bizarre and rambling 16-minute statement. he actually blamed his victims, insisted he was not a monster. the details and not being a monster really don't seem to match up in this one. >> yeah, and he pretty much sat emotionless during much of what she had to say. i think he only flinched once when she mentioned his eternity. now it is his turn. >> now it's his turn, right?
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what a brave woman to actually go there in court. you know? >> absolutely. >> who could possibly put themselves in that person's shoes. to go there in court must have take an lot of focus and a lot of guts. because it is disturbing. you know what i mean? >> absolutely. she's -- it's telling, she was, the only one of the three victims that did that. >> all right. all right. well, a florida woman is under arrest accused of keeping her 30-year-old autistic son in squalid dungeon like conditions. police in sweetwater say the man was kept in his mother's mobile home in a tiny room with an iron door that locked from the outside. it had blacked out windows, no lights, no bathroom and feces on the floor. neighbors say the man was left alone for long periods. >> she didn't take care of him. she go to play bingo and leave the son alone. >> neighbors had also spotted the son wearing diapers. they say they knew he was alone but had no idea what it was like inside the home. transit workers in california's bay area are threatening to walk off the job
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again if they don't reach a new deal on a new tract. they shut down the san francisco b.a.r.t. system for four days last month. both sides are battling over pay, pensions, and health costs. b.a.r.t.'s two largest unions say the strike would begin sunday evening and make a mess of the monday morning commute. flash flood warnings are posted this morning for parts of north carolina. and other sections of the southeast get a break from their soggy summer today. all the rain has brought severe flooding and dramatic scenes. abc's steve osunsami reports. >> reporter: behold the power of a flash flood at christian camp in the north georgia mountains, swift water rescue crews had to pull two frightened teenage interns to safety after rushing water swept their truck on to a small island. >> it was literally under our feet. we are like "we got to go." >> reporter: the water came in a hurry thanks to five inches of rain that fell in places, washing out roads and trapping families in their homes. in gilmer county, families along the coosawattee river were forced to leave and find higher ground.
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>> when you live this close to the water, you just gotta -- you gotta be prepared. >> reporter: across the southeast, we have just finished one of the wettest julys on record. asheville, greenville, south carolina and roanoke, virginia, all drenched and setting records. miami beach more than 18 inches of rain, four times what is normal. nationwide, more than 2,000 cities saw record daily rainfall in july. in north georgia, the water is receding. and families here have had enough. steve osunsami, abc news, atlanta. >> checking the rest of your weather, you see rain there in the southeast. mostly along the coast and in florida. severe storms stretch from the plains through the midwest and into new england. storms also in parts of the rockies and southwest. >> it will be 106 degrees today in phoenix. 104 in dallas. cool in the northwest. seattle reaching 69. couple of 90-degree readings in atlanta, miami. 80s once again for the northeast corridor. a michigan man who was spotted at a move sli theater with a loaded gun and a
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bulletproof vest is out of jail this morning. 24-year-old cassidy delavergne is facing charges for carrying a fake cia badge. he was licensed to carry a gun. as far as weapons charges go, he police say he did nothing wrong. but say the theater did the right thing by calling 911. >> if somebody sees something that looks out of the ordinary, concerned for their safety. they see a gun that causes them to be concerned. they're encouraged to call the police and let the police sort it all out. >> the theater said they don't allow guns on their property but it is not clear if they had posted a sign. overseas, growing fears some of america's top athletes and spectators heading to russia for the winter olympics could be thrown in jail. the reason is russia's tough new anti-gay laws that criminalize talking about homosexuality around minors or displaying pro gay symbols. or signs of affection. here at home, bars across the country are dumping their russian vodka right into the street. >> it's disheartening to see some of the images coming out of russia with people doing as little as holding a pride flag
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being beaten, arrested, in some cases murdered. >> gay activists are urging a boycott on russian products and even on participating in those olympics. so far there has been no reaction from the international olympic committee. trading on wall street today is expected to be a direct reaction to the government's new jobs report. experts say that report will say between 175,000 and 180,000 jobs were added last month. and the unemployment rate is expected to tick down by .1%. positive numbers could send stocks higher once again. >> now enough talk of jobs, floods and strikes. let's have some fun. >> sound like a plan. that's where these two come in, a couple of english springers, hope and rosie. check out their premeal routine along with their owner. >> it's ready! it's dinner time! ♪ dinner time ♪ hope and rosie want their dinner time ♪ ♪ because they're hungry, hungry, hungry girls ♪ ♪ yea hope ♪ yea rosie
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>> how about that? their owner says they go through that twice a day every day. he says hope sings beforehand. he left out that part of the video. well done, hope and rosie. they're synchronized. like they've been working on it. look they're working on it. they have got it down. >> that's why i love dogs. they think you are the coolest person no matter what you are doing. no matter if you are singing their way to dinner. >> exactly. maybe they're thinking, dude, enough already with the stuff. can you give me food? i don't think so. i think they're loving it. >> i think they are. >> very nice. >> nice to have a ritual around meals. >> absolutely. >> wouldn't have thought of that one. but, hey. >> sing for your supper. dance for your supper. coming up -- "glee's" good-byes. details emerging how the hit show will deal with the death of its star. and inside the mind of a monster. a ariel castro's bizarre ramblings, claims, and we'll talk to experts to find out what is behind his beliefs. you're watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now"
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ever since we learned of the house of horrors in cleveland, ohio, it's boggled the mind. what kind of person could be so abusive to the three young women? >> yesterday some insight at his sentencing hearing. ariel castro rambled on about how sick he was and how
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misunderstood. "nightline" correspondent, cynthia mcfadden spoke to the experts. >> reporter: ariel castro took full advantage for his right to speak, for 16 minutes he alternated between self pity and apology, defiance and remorse. through it all, stunning delusion. >> most of the sex that went on in the house, probably all of it was concensual. >> reporter: perhaps, mr. castro cannot bear to see himself the way the rest of us do. saying repeatedly he is not violent. not a monster. he called himself a victim. saying, as a child he had been sexually assaulted and is now addicted to porn. the judge made short order of that. >> you have been a victimizer. >> reporter: surely mr. castro is right about one thing. he is a sick man. is ariel castro a sick man or just an evil one? >> well, i think he himself seems confused about that. i think society is as well. he has some sort of a sexual disorder. he certainly describes the fact that he feels driven by a force that he doesn't fully understand. >> reporter: but if he's so sick, how did he go undetected all those years?
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>> i think what all of us are concerned about is he is a very good liar. >> reporter: being mentally ill does not mean he is not legally responsible. legal insanity is a high bar used in 1% of cases and experts say not applicable here. a relative of gina dejesus also spoke -- >> to ariel castro -- [ speaking foreign language ] >> reporter: looking ariel castro straight in the eye, "may god have mercy on your soul." cynthia mcfadden, abc news, new york. >> it's mind-boggling to me to hear that it was consensual sex when these women are chained up. >> yeah. >> where does your mind go from chains to consensual? that's crazy. >> it was just disturbing all the way around. great to see one of his victims come forward and so bravely face him down in court. and we saw that moment. she seemed to, you know, be glad she did it. >> kind of a relief too, there is no long, drawn-out,
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sensational trial. he is going to jail for the rest of his life. plus 1,000 years. he is never getting out. you get the feeling like -- closure is an overused word. there is a bit of closure here. >> yeah. well when we come back, details on "glee's" final fair well to cory monteith.
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♪ skinny so skinny all right, time for "the skinny." the death of cory monteith, "glee" star from a drug overdose will be dealt with directly on the show. everybody suspected this. it is now true. it has been confirmed by fox's entertainment chairman kevin reilly saying "that we will deal directly with what led to his passing specifically the drug issue." it says, goes on to say that does not however necessarily mean that monteith's finn hudson character will have died from a drug overdose, as cory monteith did last month. the monteith tribute in the third episode of the new "glee"
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season, which launches september 26th. while he goes on to say, while there is a strong feeling for the tribute episode among the cast, led by his girlfriend, lea michelle, who plays rachel berry on the show, and cory monteith's real-life girlfriend. they say they're still working out the details of this tribute episode. they want a few weeks to work it out more. the run-up will include a series of public service announcements dealing with drug abuse. that should be a powerful episode for sure. >> surely hit home with the cast, too. >> yeah. >> valerie harper announced she had terminal brain cancer and as little as three months to live. but she is doing great right now. she is making a movie. she's filming in canada this week. it wraps up august 11th. it is going to be for a film "the town that came a-courting," for the up cable channel. great to see she is out and about. and continuing to work. even though she is facing pretty terrible diagnosis. >> yeah, an unbelievably strong woman, such a great attitude. really amazing. hats off to her. >> yeah, she is 73 years old by the way. still going strong. >> what an inspiration.
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all right. let's talk about simon cowell's issues, the baby mama drama. >> how could we not? how could we not? >> this comes courty of the daily news. lauren silverman, the married mother of simon cowell's baby, stepped out thursday for the first time since of the news of the affair with "the x factor" judge broke. photographed with a baby bump underneath her dress. apparently in bridgehampton, new york. they talked with carol eisenberg, that would be her mother, she spoke to "the daily news dts when -- a day after it was revealed that her daughter, married to cowell's real estate buddy, was pregnant with a child, the tv star's child. she slammed any critics who are ripping her daughter as a gold digger. she says that's just not the case. my daughter is a wonderful girl. wonderful mother. people like to talk. all i have to say. sources in "the daily news" said simon assumed she was using
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birth control. and thought this was casual relationship, friend with benefits relationship. the pregnancy was not planned. he is feeling tricked according to sources in "the daily news." >> we'll leave that one alone. enough has been said about that situation. let's talk about beyonce. she had an incredible performance in detroit home of motown. many of you know. she decided she was going to film, going to, sing a special song because obviously detroit has had a lot of problems and the city has field for bankruptcy. she did this rendition of sam cooke's "a change going to come" during her concert in detroit. it was so well received and so beautiful. they had video images behind her that hearken back to detroit as when they were, at the peak of the auto industry, and the peak of motown. >> yeah, of course. >> detroit's better days. really an inspiration to the crowd and now it's become a full-on video. >> let's listen in. ♪ it's been too hard living but i'm afraid to die ♪
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♪ i'm feeling all right i'm not feeling that good myself ♪ finally this half hour, a look back at the week's headlines. from an explosion at a propane plant to explosive allegations in sports. >> there were some surprising touches of the best of human nature as well. see how many of these moments you remember. >> in my 36 years of fire service i have never seen anything like this. >> i went out in the backyard and the sky was just lit up red. vibrant red with a huge plume of smoke. just constant explosions. >> i apologize to the people of san diego. >> i turned my head at that
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moment and on the side of my face i got a very wet saliva-filled kiss including feeling his tongue on my cheek. >> i don't quit. new yorkers don't quit. i am not going to go into the corner and curl up because somebody found out something embarrassing about me. >> it is a very unhappy day. she is a grownup and she will deal with it. >> on the biggest charge in the case, the government ends up leaving the courtroom with its tail between its legs. >> we can't survive on $7.25. it is impossible. i go to work every day faithfully. i get nothing out of it. we can't survive on 7.25. >> cannes is an easy target, because they have poor security, the security guards are unarmed. and a lot of wealthy people buying high dollar items and easy access to other countries. >> translator: if someone is gay and he searches for the lord and has goodwill, who am i to judge? >> it was a different tone than.
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and i thought it was very pastoral and compassionate. >> major league baseball is going to try to ban alex rodriguez for life. if they do they know they'll get an incredible fight with the union. >> in this day and age in sports where we are kind of sick and tired of all of ste to hear about a man thats tat,tty c >> that was some moment, wasn't it? golfer hunter mahan giving up his lead at the canadian open and the million-dollar prize to be at the birth of his daughter. >> yeah, check out the best moments of the week on facebook, in case you missed it. i have got to ask you, pretend rthave got to ask you, pretend >> don'w. a tough call. but you know what, he made the decision which makes it very sweet. >> boy, set that bar high. >> absolutely. th
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good morning. i'm john muller. >> i'm tai hernandez. are some of the top headlines we're following on "world news now." nsa whistle-blower edward snowden has left the airport in moscow for the first time in more than a month. awarded temporary asylum by russia. and he's now in an undisclosed location in russia. the white house reportedly furious. strong reaction to russia's announcement to enforce a new law that cwn on gay rights activism during next year's winter olympics. some gay supporters in the u.s. are asking for a boycott on russian products, vodka and participating in the games themselves. one day after another session of record nighs on wall street, traders and investors are eagerly awaiting the july jobs report later this morning, expected to indicate a
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strengthening job market. in the mountains of northern georgia, rescue crews had to pull two frightened teenagers to safely after a flash flood swept their truck on to a small island. more rains expected in the southeast today. those are some of our top stories on this friday, august 2nd. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >> good friday morning. we have tai filling in for diana today. welcome. >> hello. thank you. >> always a pleasure to have you. let's get right to it. we're going to begin this half hour with high drama in the cleveland courtroom, as ariel castro was handed down a 1,000-year plus life sentence. >> the man who imprisoned and tortured three women more than a decade faced his day of reckoning as we heard even more shocking details from house of horrors. abc's alex perez was there. >> reporter: she was his first victim enduring 11 long years of abuse and torture. michelle knight stood tall, hugged those around her and
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faced down the man who held her captive. >> days turned into nights. nights turned into days. years turned into eternity. i knew nobody cared about me. he told me that my family didn't care. >> reporter: knight was 21 years old when castro lured her in. with promises of a puppy for her son. amanda berry 16 when she was abducted. today she is 27. gina dejesus, just 14 when the ordeal began, now 23. >> gina was my teammate. she never let me fall. i never let her fall. she nursed me back to health. when i was dying from his abuse. >> reporter: michelle was the only victim who came to court. she is 32 years old but so small her rescuers thought she was a child. she was a tiny tower of strength. as she spoke, ariel castro's eyes never left her. but this is the moment he registered emotion. >> i spent 11 years in hell. now your hell is just beginning. i will overcome all this that happened, but you will face hell
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for eternity. >> reporter: a new glimpse into what the women endured, the rusty chains, ariel castro used to restrain them. often for weeks at a time with little food. we learned they all kept diaries documenting their ordeal fearing they would never make it out alive. in a bizarre, rambling, 16-minute statement, castro implied he was the real victim, insooising he never abused any of the women. >> i'm not a violent predator that they're trying to make me look like a monster but i'm not a monster. i'm a normal person. i am just sick. >> reporter: castro became emotional talking about his daughter with amanda berry. the judge was unmoved. castro will never be allowed to joycelyn again. he was sentenced to life in prison plus 1,000 years. now his victims are moving forward. gina's cousin telling the court of everyday milestones. >> she laughs, she swims, she dances. and more importantly, she loves and she is loved. >> reporter: for michelle knight standing up there, a giant step
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forward. >> after 11 years i am finally being heard and it is liberating. thank you all. i love you. god bless you. >> and even though she shed those tears inside the courtroom, michelle's strength never wavered. she says all the support she has gotten since she was freed taught her there is still more good than evil. alex perez, abc news, cleveland. overseas, a dire warning from the state department which is closing u.s. embassies across the muslim world this sunday. it is over what officials are calling a specific threat, targeting at least one of those u.s. interests. but they don't know which one. there hasn't been such a mass closing of embassies and consulates since the first anniversary of 9/11. the waiting game over suspensions in baseball's doping scandal grinds on. dl are some ominous words this morning about negotiations involving alex rodriguez of the
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yankees. espn reports a-rod's representative and major league baseball, aren't anywhere close to reaching a settlement. abc's aditi roy has more. >> reporter: alex rodriguez warming up and waiting as he played in a simulated game in tampa. the real battle is brewing behind the scenes between major league baseball and his lawyers. at issue how the league will penalize him for allegedly obtaining banned substances from biogenesis or whether he'll appeal. >> it is all speculation. i don't comment on speculation. >> reporter: teammate derek jeter and the manager joe girardi spoke about the pending situation. >> everyone wants things finalized. even when they're finalized they're not really final. it -- it's a waiting game for a lot of clubs and baseball players. it will happen soon enough. >> reporter: a-rod is the biggest superstar and highest
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paid among up to 20 players implicated in baseball's latest doping scandal. his lawyers said they would appeal any suspension. but with the prospect of a lifetime ban and accusations he recruited other players, lied about his drug use, and obstructed the league's investigations, a-rod's attorneys are negotiating a possible settlement reportedly that could result in a lengthy suspension. if that happens, some say the yankees may try to cut ties with a-rod forever. >> i don't see any way that the yankees are going to get out from their financial obligation to alex rodriguez, unless, of course, major league baseball suspends him forever. >> a lifetime ban may be a difficult penalty for the mlb to impose since a-rod has never been punished for steroid use. it is likely there will be an appeals process. aditi roy, abc, at yankees stadium in the bronx. >> there is so much involved
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with this. one interesting point. they may have to extend the trade deadline. the teams don't know if they may need to bring on new folks make changes if they lose people. >> yankees need a third baseman. is it going to be a-rod? deep down, is it not going to be a-rod? deep down, the yankees would like it not to be a-rod, pocket salary and part ties. a lot of teams don't we neede in amazings hag af after the whole mark mcgwire, barry bonds, this is still front and center even today. >> there seemed like so many false starts. people would not be held accountable. seems like this is it. >> serious feg no >> moving on. you might remember that the mother of baseball legend cal ripken jr. was kidnapped for 24 hours last july. the crime remains unsolved. ripken is offering $100,000 reward for information leading
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to an arrest. lee ripken was unharmed. during the ordeal. tips police received since have led to nothing. a texas woman and her son are behind bars on a bizarre charge of marriage fraud. lorraine mcnair is facing exploitation of the elderly charge after police say she obtained a fraudulent marriage license, marrying her boyfriend who was in a coma. derek mcnair suffered a heart attack. >> this man did his time for our country. he, you know, served. here he is incapacitated. she took it upon herself off to victimize him after everything he has done for the country. >> mother and son are jailed on each $100,000 bond until their court date september 9th. developing story from southern california this morning.
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two workers are stuck in a sign high above the street. workers in an elevated basket on top of an auto mall sign. this is happening in glendora, california. fire usag extension ladder to transit workers in california's bay area threatening to walk off the job again if they don't reach a deal on a new contract. they shut down the san francisco b.a.r.t. system for four days last month. both sides are battling over health care costs. the strike would begin sunday evening. that would make a mess of the monday morning commute. the government issued a warning about rare skin reactions from tylenol and other painkillers. acetaminophen in the drugs has been linked to deadly skin rashes and blistering. the fda is requiring prescription strength rrqtaminophen products to carry .rqtaminophen products to carry a children's party turns
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into a life-saving rescue last night in ft. meyers, florida. one of the kids splashing in a ditch filled with water suddenly got sucked into a drainpipe. swept 3ads e e rpt 3ads e what a >> what a ride. >> he had. >> my goodness. wasn't fun. time for the weather. going to have rain. there in florida today. along with other coastal areas of the southeast. severe storms move across the p there will aeund 92, albuqrque 90 in honolulu. atlanta. miami. high 70s and 80s around the great lakes. boston to baltimore once again in the 80s. now to the somewhat comedic end to a serious story involving a man in southern illinois. >> roger herron, his name, his teenage son was killed in a car accident. back in 2001. since then he fought legal battles over insurance money. he was ordered to pay half of the million dollars. he delivered $150,000 of the money wednesday. >> that's 150 bags each containing $1,000 in quarters.
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each bag weighed 50 pounds. herron used quarters because he couldn't deliver it in pennies. >> little upset? >> little bit. coming up -- forget the glass ceiling. one woman is breaking barriers on the gridiron. >> we'll introduce you to a woman who is on the fast track to become the nfl's first female referee. and coming up, the celebration, i can't wait for this. world famous magnolia bakery, with the behind the scenes, to look at the new ice cream sandwiches. how they're made. what is in them? all right. we'll let you know how they coming up. ♪ i'm your ice cream man stop me when i'm passing by ♪ >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by
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♪ nobody can hold us down ♪ nobody can hold us down another glass ceiling cracking this week. sarah thomas, the mother of three from mississippi at the new orleans saints training camp as a referee. >> and she is a member of the league's referee training program in line for an official full-time job. "gma" anchor josh elliott has her story. >> here we go. >> reporter: in the bold black and white stripes and hair tucked under that plaque hat, the official looks exactly like every other one on the field. >> watch your step here, 17. little tight. little tight. >> reporter: 39-year-old sarah thomas, married mother of three is on the verge of history. >> are you a tomboy? >> i am a tomboy, yes. but i am married with two boys. >> reporter: poised to become the first ever full time female official for the national football league. >> where's mama?
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>> 72, you've got to move up on those pass plays. put your guard up. put your guard up. individually, i am a female. a lot of things set us apart. race, gender, different background. but collectively, we're out there for the same goal. >> reporter: for 15 years, on fir -- officiating grade school, high school, and college games. discovered by a scout. >> i have an official that i think you need to look at. okay, joe, what's his name. he said his name is sarah. i said sarah? he said, yeah, he's a she. >> reporter: the mississippian is 1 of 21 finalists in the nfl officiating development program. >> i hope so. lord knows. i can break you all up. >> reporter: and the top contender for the next slot to open. waiting for her chance to shatter that glass ceiling. >> i could not do this without the support of my husband and my kids. so this is just what i do. >> wow. she is cool. >> she looks like the real deal. >> commanding out there. you can see it. >> absolutely. i was impressed. no doubt. still ahead, it's a summer
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staple being celebrated nationwide on this national ice cream sandwich day. >> doesn't get better than that. up next, we'll find out out how one of the best bakeries in the country makes them and we're going to make sure they're good enough for you. >> announcer: "world news now" continues after this from our did you know kids who play outdoors have healthier lungs? totally. did you know that boys that play with dolls make better husbands? my son has lots of dolls. but did you know terry cloth diapers breathe better? i did. oh, yeah, did you guys know statistically friendly kids have more friends?
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yeah. that's obvious. did you know most people think they're using the right car seat for their kid, but they're not? announcer: parents who really know it all know for sure that their child is in the right seat. visit safercar.gov/therightseat to make sure your child is protected. ♪ i'm your ice cream man, stop me when i'm passing by ♪ ♪ see now all my flavors are guaranteed to satisfy ♪ all right. a little van halen getting us in the mood for the next story. going to sample treats in a moment which automatically makes this our "favorite story of the day." >> not only is it friday, but it's national ice cream sandwich day. we visited new york's famous magnolia bakery to get expert advice on making these tasty treats. ♪ >> hi, i am bobbi, here at magnolia bakery.
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i'm the chief baking officer. today we're going to be making our soon-to-be world famous ice cream sandwiches for national ice cream sandwich day. we are going to start out making the classic blondie. you can just make a traditional chocolate chip cookie dough recipe or blondie recipe. line your pan with a piece of parchment paper. after it bakes and cools, flip it out on to a cutting board. you want the bottom side up. so i put it back in my pan, bottom side up. this one, i will be flipping it right side up. you can use your own judgment as to how much ice cream you like. so, put your ice cream in. and i usually use my pan as my judge. as to how high i want my ice cream to be. about three-quarters of an inch is perfect. and 2 to 3 quarts of ice cream should completely fill one pan. so you spread it out. once you have this whole thing completely filled, you'll stick it back if your freezer for about four hours.
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you have a couple of options, too. you don't have to do it this way at home. i have also done them where i let people make their own ice cream sandwiches. i put all the bits and parts out on the counter. and the table. i let the kids scoop their ice cream. that way they're making them to order. so to speak. and this will essent your ice cream sandwh. you want to make sure that if you are freezing this, that it is frozen solid. because if you try to cut it while the ice cream is soft. guess what happens? ice cream is just going to s out everywhere. so that is a perfect ice cream sandwich. ♪ this is the chocolate premium ice cream. it's one of the best ice creams on the planet. we will cut two, exactly the same size. and this is going to be my perfect little ice cream sandwich. two scoops of ice cream. take maybe a little icing wand,
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or something that you can use to spread it around. maybe just a knife. second layer. how easy is that? you should let them chill for about four hours in your freezer. or if you can't stand to wait, just take a bite. >> we can't stand the wait. >> i couldn't wait. >> go for it. i'll read some of these. they have blondies. eyave red velvet. lemon bar. the classic, brownie. and -- >> blondie. with chocolate or vanilla. >> magic bar. let's go for it. >> we opted for everybody in th waiting off america. waiting to dive in. sorry, guys. >> sorry, guys. >> gotta go first. >> here we go. >> oh, man. >> totally awesome. i'm not just saying that. >> i have brain freeze. i love it. >> keep talking, tai. >> no, you do the talkg. "insomniac theater" ntake a lo.
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♪ what can be better? still have our ice cream sandwiches and time for another episode of "insomniac theater." >> this week an action comedy with many levels of bad guys. the other one is "smurfs ii." >> "smurfs ii." start up with "2 guns." mark wahlberg, denzel washington rob a bank. they think it's owned by a drug gang. it's only when the feds arrest them they learn they're both undercover. and now the government and druggies are after them. >> i think you're playing me. >> you want to be played? >> i've been at your hip for ten months. i think after ten months, you're playing me. i got you. >> no, you didn't. >> i did. the corner of your eye was twitching. >> the corner. >> yeah.
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>> wasn't a twitch. that was a wink. >> it's my move. >> the reviewers agree, what "2 guns" has going forit is the two leading men. "the washington post" called it a cliche-ridden action comedy in which the chemistry between the two star packs more heat. than the explosions. "the new york daily news" adds -- after a season full of super hero dud they deliver a crucial dose of cool. those guys are both cool. looks pretty good. >> let's get to our other movie, "smurf 2," the sequel to the 2011 hit combining animation with live-action sequences. an evil wizard, kidnaps girl smurf, smurfette, takes her to paris. the smurfs plot to get her back. >> let's go, smurfs. >> where? >> we're getting smurfette? >> you saw her, papa. she is one of them now. >> horse whisperer, french socialist, a flying wallenda. >> no. she's with gargamel. >> i don't care what we saw. you never give up on family. master winslow, are you coming with us? >> is a smurf's butt blue? >> you tell me.
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>> lots of parents and babysitters will take their kids to see the "smurfs 2." "the huffington post" warns it was decent enough for kids, but a bore for adults. reviewer at "san francisco chronicle" thought it had a dark and gratuitously negative vibe wondering if kids should see it. interesting. >> one more movie. bonus in the movies here, getting a lot of buzz this weekend called "the canyons." paul schrader, erotic thriller, starring lindsay lohan and james dean as her film maker boyfriend. think of it as a metaphor for the dirty business of making movies. >> the subject and the cast are inspiring curiosity. the canyons opens in new york this weekend and later around the country. people sometimes interested in what lindsay lohan is doing. >> got all kind of interesting gossip in the pages. don't have a review. should be interesting. >> that's the news for this half-hour. >> back to our ice cream sandwiches. >> mm-hmm. >> every day more americans choose abc news, america's number one news
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after 11 years, i am finally being heard. and it the liberating. >> this morning on "world news now," she says she lived through hell and now his is just beginning. a triumphant and emotional ending to a decade-long nightmare. also this morning, tainted game. the deadline is looming for major league baseball to punish more than a dozen players for doping. an in-depth look at their crime and their possible punishment. plus -- kind of looks away. you look at her, she's looking away. a sign that she is not very happy. >> and how does your dog really feel about you? new research is giving humans clues on what their pet may really be thinning. it's friday, august 2nd. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." tgif, everybody. tai hernandez sitting in for diana. welcome.
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>> thank you. great to be here. and i love celebrating friday this way. we get to do it first. >> yes, we do. going to have fun. get to the news first. life in prison plus 1,000 years. that is the sentence handed down yesterday for ariel castro. it came as no surprise. >> what did come as a surprise the even more shocking details of the horrors he inflicted on the women he kept captive. here is abc's karen travers with more. >> reporter: michelle knight said nobody should ever have to go through what she did, even her worst enemy. >> you took 11 years of my life away. and i have gotten it back. i spent 11 years in hell. now your hell its just beginning. >> reporter: ariel castro sat through the lengthy sentencing hearing with his hand and ankles in shackles, chained up just like he had done to his three victims. later he spoke for over 15 minutes, repeating several times -- >> i am not a monster.
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i'm sick. >> reporter: the 53-year-old pleaded guilty to 937 counts including murder and kidnapping. castro avoided the death penalty but he couldn't avoid a rehashing of the horrors of his crimes. witness after witness described the cruelty he inflicted on the three young women over a decade. a detective spoke of the sexual, physical, and emotional abuse. when michelle knight became pregnant more than once, castro beat her and starved her until she miscarried. >> giving her rotten food. kicking and punching her in the stomach. jumping up and down on her stomach. forcing her to perform physical exercises. >> reporter: barbara johnson was one of the cleveland police officers two firstdy covered the women captive in the house. she spoke of the emotional scene when knight realized she was saved. >> i told her, it's okay, honey, you're safe. she came over to me and jumped into my arms, trying to reholster my weapon. her legs were wrapped around me.
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so it was kind of hard to get my weapon back if the holster. >> reporter: ariel castro stole his victims' freedom and lost his own. karen travers, abc news, washington. after more than a month, former nsa whistle-blower edward snowden is out of the airport and somewhere in moscow. granted a one-year temporary asylum. the white house is furious threatening president obama may decline president putin's invitation to an upcoming summit at the kremlin. so much political intrigue on this one. >> i know. i know. no one really knows where snowden is. but obviously, he still fears for his safety. not exactly, it's good news for him, he gets out of the airport. there is a long road ahead for him to be a free person. >> a one-year temporary asylum. makes you wonder what is going to happen after a year. >> right. right. it's sort of a middle-of-the-road decision by putin. a lot of -- lot of repercussions there. >> to be continued. the state department closing its embassies across the muslim world today. this -- excuse me, this sunday,
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and possibly longer over what it calls a specific threat. that threat supposedly targets one of our embassies on consulates in a muslim country. officials don't know which one. there hasn't been such a mass closing of embassies and consulates since first anniversary of 9/11. back to russia and fears about gay athletes and supporters being arrested at the winter olympics. fears well placed because of russia's anti-gay law. which was passed in late june. abc's kirit radia reports from moscow. >> reporter: in over six months russia hopes to welcome the world to the winter olympics in sochi. but the russian sports minister warned athletes and spectators could be targeted if they violate the country's anti-gay law. threatening fines, deportation and even jail. speaking of homosexuality around minors or displaying symbols like a rainbow flag in public are illegal since the law was signed in june.
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johnny weir, two time olympian and openly gay american figure skater says the law isn't going to stop him. >> i will take proper precautions. at the same time i won't stop being myself. i won't stop being johnny weir, the gay, fabulous ice skater person walking down the street. >> reporter: homophobia is rampant in russia. gay rights demonstrations are usually met with violence. police often ignore the attackers and arrest the protesters. activists say it has gotten worse since the law was passed. >> government officially permitted to attack gay people. >> could you and i be arrested for talking in public right now about you being gay? >> yes, i can be arrested. >> reporter: in the u.s. activists are calling for a boycott on products like russian vodka and some on participation in the olympics. so far, the international olympic committee has remained silent on this latest warning. kirit radia, abc news, moscow.
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now to italy where for the first time in decades of prosecution, conviction against former prime minister berlusconi has been upheld. the 76-year-old berlusconi appealed a tax fraud conviction and it was upheld yesterday. all appeals exhausted. the conviction comes with a four-year prison sentence. he is unlikely to serve prison time. and here in new york, a former trader at goldman sachs is found liable in a federal fraud case. fabrice tourre was accused of misleading investors. about sub prime mortgage securities. those investments contributed to the mortgage crisis which helped drive the country into recession. tourre faces fines. he could be banned from the financial industry. wall street kicking off the month with record highs for august. the dow closing up 128 points. finished at 15,628. s&p 500 closing above 1700 for the first time ever. the dow and s&p up nearly 20% for the year. we'll find out today if notorious gangster james bulger will take the stand in his
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rack racketeering trial in boston. prosecutors were outraged after the defense released personal photos in an attempt to show bulger in a good light. in one picture, bulger is seen with a priest defrocked for abuse young boys. try as he might to focus on issues, new york mayoral candidate anthony weiner having a tough time talking about anything other than his scandal. yesterday, weiner said he can't guarantee more women won't come out with private information. last night, he backed away from a press secretary who unleashed a rant against a former intern earlier this week. >> i didn't approve it. she apologized. end of the conversation. >> all right. weiner's press secretary rant aimed at an intern who wrote a tell-all article in a tabloid. a california boy is in critical condition after a freak accident at his home near los angeles. the 8-year-old almost drowned in his family's washing machine. sucked in while putting clothes in the top loading machine. his father found him face down with legs sticking out. unconscious and may have been trapped for as much as 20 minutes. >> my experience when you open
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the lid on a washing machine, the agitator will stop operating. it is possible the machine began operating, the agitator began spinning when the child was still putting his clothes in the washing machine. >> deputies were able to revive the child. right now police are calling the incident a tragic home accident. the woman accused of splashing paint on the lincoln memorial makes an appearance in court in washington today. workers are close to completing removal of paint stains on the memorial. the 58-year-old woman thought to be responsible for defacing mat meem reel as well as the washington national cathedral and other sites is believed to be from china. and a surprising number of young people are moving in with their parents. more than 21 million millennials live at home since march of 2012. 36% of 18 to 31-year-olds moved back home. highest in four decades. experts say, declining employment, declining marriage,
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and rising college enrollment are all to blame. we all love a good photo bomb. many of us, not many of us get to pose with one of the, the leaders of the free world. >> look at this. when president obama invited the uconn lady huskies to the white house. they decided to have a little fun with the president. couple players behind the president gave him bunny ears. >> all in good fun. the president seemed to get a kick out of it. i think it takes lot of gumption. >> a lot of gumption. like, i don't think that would have happened 50 years ago, 20 years ago. yeah, fun. fun times i suppose. >> you can't get away with that, with just any president. you have to know that he has a sense of humor. >> might cross my mind. but i don't think i would actually do it. coming up, not all java is created equal. which coffee will put a jolt in your morning. looming deadline. some of baseball's top baseball players could be suspended for doping. i talk to jason page to get an in-depth look at the scandal. you are watching "world news now". >> announcer: "world news now"
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welcome back. the other shoe about to drop in major league baseball. more than a dozen players facing long suspensions for their ties to a florida anti-aging clinic. topping the list the highest paid player ever. joining us to talk about it all, sports radio host, jason page. jason, welcome. take us through the big names on the list. >> start with alex rodriguez, the biggest fish of all. the one major league baseball wants to go and get. almost as if they want to punish him retroactively. we'll get to more of that in a second. nelson cruz of the texas rangers. a big one as well. jhonny peralta, detroit tigers. he does a great job. that's another name you have to look out for. that could impact that team. and then everth cabrera. another up and coming, all-star caliber player, another guy that could be on the list. several others on the list. what people need to remember, these are the big names that could impact pennant races now. >> let's talk how many game suspensions, what are you hearing? >> it could be basically the
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remainder of the regular season. that's why they want to get these done. if any of the teams make the playoffs, major league baseball wants the guys eligible for the post season. or maybe i should say the teams want them to be able to come back and play in the post season. it's important that they try to get the suspensions handed down. ryan braun was 65 games. regular season. post season. nelson cruz, a guy they want to get back. jhonny peralta, they want to get him back. or an everth cabrera type. >> tell us about the teams that will be hurt right now. >> the rangers, if texas loses nelson cruz. that is a big blow to a team that's already struggled since losing josh hamilton to free agency. the yankees -- any third baseman right now, for the yankees, alex rodriguez, at this deteriorating stage of his career would be anything they put at third base throughout the entire season. the yankees would love to get a-rod back. as much as they don't want him back, they don't want the headache, don't want the
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distraction. >> and the money. the money. they would love to keep the money. have him go away. >> $100 million. 100 million reasons they would like baseball to do this. lifetime ban not that likely. >> what are we talking about in terms of the hold-up with the announcement? >> it could come friday. it could come as late as monday. i don't think they want to wait until much later than monday, as some people are speculating. if it comes down after monday, you are talking 50 games. could run into the post season. an issue for major league baseball. in the case of alex rodriguez, and part of the reason this hasn't been announced they would like to announce all the suspensions at once. they're trying to reach a settlement deal with a-rod. the sides are way far apart from what i'm hearing to getting any settlement. a-rod's people maintain they will fight this tooth and nail through arbitration. >> do you think the yankees would look to see this go away? you talk about them needing a third baseman maybe this season. would they, would they take him back on the hope that is it and be on the hook all the seasons for the money. >> he could be back with them as early as next week right now if
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suspensions don't get handed down. the question is, if they suspend him, is he going to be allowed to play through an appeal? >> right. >> that is one of the great unknowns right now. will he be able to play? one quick thing. if alex rodriguez or any guys are suspended i talked to some body close to major league baseball who told me they may extend the trade deadline. because some of these teams that get impacted by this might still need to be able to make moves. that's a possibility as well. >> wow. so much riding on this. jason page, excellent expertise, as always, we appreciate it. we'll be right back. ♪ when you'll be blue ♪ your cheating heart will tell on you ♪ >> announcer: "world news now"
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♪ you ain't nothing but a hound dog that snoops around the door ♪ ♪ you're just an old hound dog snooping around my door ♪ all right. most people talk to their dogs and cats. wouldn't it be nice if you could understand how they answer you back? >> some researchers are tracking that down. some of what they're finding is a real surprise. abc's linzie janis has been talking to the animals. >> reporter: pets are not always
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this easy to read. >> there is a lot of jumping, tails wagging. >> he'll stick out, like, his lower tooth like this, huh? >> reporter: researchers say there may be some, shall we say, misunderstandings between us. scientists in japan used high speed cameras to track doggy facial expressions in different situations and found similar patterns in how they behaved. they say raised eyebrows, especially the left one, means i would like your attention. they notice the dog's left ear moves back when coming across a stranger, expressing fear. >> kind of looks away. try to look at her. looking away. a sign that she is not very happy. >> reporter: in dog-speak that means i'm being polite. avoiding confrontation. cats are more complicated. in britain animal scientists came up with a self-help video for cat owners looking to decode their mysterious ways. like this kitty rolling over. think this means rub my belly, please? not quite. that would be a violation of trust.
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it's telling you, rub my head. and not for too long either. cats like a lot of me time. so next time you think kitty need a big hug or fido is carefree, take a closer look. after all, communication is everything. linzie janis, abc news, new york. >> all right. i don't know if i am an expert. i get a feeling dogs, in most cases, i feel like i can get what they're going for. cats on the other hand, i have no clue. >> i had a cat once. >> it's hard to read a cat. >> he did not like me. she did not like me. >> she might have loved you. you just don't know. maybe she didn't. >> serial killer that's what they say. maybe you don't want to know what your cat is talking about. >> did you ever have a dog? i would love to have a dog. not quite responsible enough to have a dog. >> lot of work. great commitment. i'm thinking about getting one. i had one years ago. might be time for another one. >> wish you luck with that one. a puppy, or big dog? >> i think the ultimate thing would be a rescue dog, 1-year-old, house-trained. that doesn't chew up my couch.
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all right. coffee drinkers, pay close attention here. i don't think the first detail will come as much of a surprise. starbucks has twice the amount of caffeine as mcdonald's coffee. we have a list of the highest caffeinated coffee beverages. >> there it is. >> so, yeah, starbucks is number one there. followed by dunkin' donuts. we want to talk about this. this is called the death wish. $19 for a pound of beans. it has twice as much caffeine as regular coffee. >> that's more than double starbucks. that's what i drink. really powerful stuff, starbucks. this death wish stuff, can't imagine. >> more caffeine the more you pay for the coffee. >> get what you pay for, huh? let's talk sleep issues. everybody out there should listen up. if you have a tough time getting out of bed, you're up all night watching us. there's a new app you need to know about. it's an alarm clock app made for
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the iphone. it's called the walk-up. it's pretty awesome. the inventor, ricky hough, said he wanted to create something to address his problem. he said, one day, i couldn't get out of bed. i need something to get my first steps going. the app has a sensor. it won't shut off till you walk at least ten steps. you can't cheat. you can't shake it. it knows. you can set it to walk as much as 100 steps before you set it down. costs 99 cents. if you're the kind of person that doesn't get out of bed, it may be the app for you. >> the app for me. that would work. ♪ politics and foreign wars all the weather all the scores that's the world news polka ♪ ♪ around the world and up your street "the skinny" is our gossip sheet that that's the world news polka ♪ ♪ it's late at night and you're wide awake and you're not wearing pants grab your world news now mug and everybody dance ♪ ♪ have some fun be a pal every anchor guy and gal do the world news polka ♪ ♪ everybody
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this morning on "world news now" -- international threat. u.s. embassies in muslim nations set to shut down for one day because of what officials say is a serious and credible threat against united states interests. true bravery and false bravado as victim michele knight stands strong against the man who kidnapped, tortured, and raped her. he insists he is not a monster. this morning what experts are saying about his delusional ramblings. plus, the rains came fast and furious. parts of the south get slammed, sparking dramatic rescues. also this morning, we're learning more about how the tv show "glee" will incorporate the sudden overdose of one of its stars. the show will tackle the issue of drugs head-on. it is friday, august 2nd. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." happy friday, everybody. >> happy friday indeed. >> tai, great to have you here. >> it's good to be here as well.
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and look forward to the rest of the show. >> are you used to saying august yet? august 2nd. >> no. that is strange. and you know, august just feels like the end of the summer. >> i know. we have a lot. we have to pack it in and enjoy it. it does sound strange. tail end. >> that's right. it's just beginning. >> let's do it. >> half glass full. we'll begin this half hour with a new threat overseas against the united states. >> the state department announced it is closing all u.s. embassies and consulates sunday across the muslim world, possibly more days. abc's karen travers has the latest. >> reporter: u.s. officials are warning abut a specific threat, credible, serious, clearly aimed at american interests in the muslim world. beginning sunday, american embassies or consulates in a dozen countries will be closed. including some of our biggest, egypt, iraq, and kuwait. >> security considerations have led us to take this precautionary step. >> reporter: a senior u.s. official told abc news there is a specific threat, concerted effort against a u.s. embassy or
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consulate. we just don't know what the specific target is. another u.s. official added there could be other targets, not just embassies. this is the first mass closing of embassies and consulates due to an intelligence threat since 2002, the first anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. >> the department, when conditions warrant, takes steps to balance continued operations with security and safety. >> reporter: normally the decision to shut down operations at embassies would be made by an ambassador. this time, washington is ordering the closures. for now they're just set for sunday as u.s. intelligence officials work to get more specifics. karen travers, abc news, washington. here at home, quite a few shocking specifics coming out of the ariel castro sentencing hearing in cleveland. witness after witness testifying as we heard new details about how the three victims endured bondage in rusty chains, weeks with little food. in the end ariel castro was sentenced to life in prison plus an additional 1,000 years, not
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before his victim, first victim, michelle knight faced down her captor in person. >> i spent 11 years in hell, now your hell is just beginning. i will overcome all of this that happened. but you will face hell for eternity. from this moment on, i will not let you define me or affect who i am. >> now after michelle knight finished her statement, castro himself spoke up in a bizarre and rambling 16-minute statement. he actually blamed his victims, insisted he was not a monster. the details and not being a monster really don't seem to match up in this one. >> yeah, and he pretty much sat emotionless during much of what she had to say. i think he only flinched once when she mentioned his eternity. now it is his turn. >> now it's his turn, right? what a brave woman to actually go there in court. you know? >> absolutely. >> who could possibly put themselves in that person's shoes.
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but to go there in court, it must have taken a lot of focus and a lot of guts. because it is disturbing. you know what i mean? >> absolutely. she's -- it's telling, she was, the only one of the three victims that did that. >> all right. all right. well, a florida woman is under arrest accused of keeping her 30-year-old autistic son in squalid dungeon like conditions. police in sweetwater say the man was kept in his mother's mobile home in a tiny room with an iron door that locked from the outside. it had blacked out windows, no lights, no bathroom and feces on the floor. neighbors say the man was left alone for long periods. >> she didn't take care of him. she go to play bingo and leave the son alone. >> neighbors had also spotted the son wearing diapers. they say they knew he was alone but had no idea what it was like inside the home. transit workers in california's bay area are threatening to walk off the job again if they don't reach a new deal on a new contract.
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they shut down the san francisco b.a.r.t. system for four days last month. both sides are battling over pay, pensions, and health costs. b.a.r.t.'s two largest unions say the strike would begin sunday evening and make a mess of the monday morning commute. flash flood warnings are posted this morning for parts of north carolina. and other sections of the southeast get a break from their soggy summer today. all the rain has brought severe flooding and dramatic scenes. abc's steve osunsami reports. >> reporter: behold the power of a flash flood at christian camp in the north georgia mountains, swift water rescue crews had to pull two frightened teenage interns to safety after rushing water swept their truck on to a small island. >> it was literally under our feet. we are like "we got to go." >> reporter: the water came in a hurry thanks to five inches of rain that fell in places, washing out roads and trapping families in their homes. in gilmer county, families along the coosawattee river were forced to leave and find higher ground. >> when you live this close to the water, you just gotta -- you gotta be prepared. >> reporter: across the southeast, we have just finished
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one of the wettest julys on record. asheville, greenville, south carolina and roanoke, virginia, all drenched and setting records. miami beach more than 18 inches of rain, four times what is normal. nationwide, more than 2,000 cities saw record daily rainfall in july. in north georgia, the water is receding. and families here have had enough. steve osunsami, abc news, atlanta. >> checking the rest of your weather, you see rain there in the southeast. mostly along the coast and in florida. severe storms stretch from the plains through the midwest and into new england. storms also in parts of the rockies and southwest. >> it will be 106 degrees today in phoenix. 104 in dallas. cool in the northwest. seattle reaching 69. couple of 90-degree readings in atlanta, miami. 80s once again for the northeast corridor. a michigan man who was spotted at a movie theater with a loaded gun and a bulletproof vest is out of jail this morning. 24-year-old cassidy delavergne is facing charges for carrying a
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fake cia employee badge. he was licensed to carry a gun. as far as weapons charges go, he police say he did nothing wrong. but say the theater did the right thing by calling 911. >> if somebody sees something that looks out of the ordinary, they're concerned for their safety, they see a gun that causes them to be concerned, they're encouraged to call the police and let the police sort it all out. >> the theater said they don't allow guns on their property but it is not clear if they had posted a sign. overseas, growing fears some of america's top athletes and spectators heading to russia for the winter olympics could be thrown in jail. the reason is russia's tough new anti-gay laws that criminalize talking about homosexuality around minors or displaying pro gay symbols. or signs of affection. here at home, bars across the country are dumping their russian vodka right into the street. >> it's disheartening to see some of the images coming out of russia with people doing as little as holding a pride flag being beaten, arrested, in some cases murdered. >> gay activists are urging a boycott on russian products and
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even on participating in those olympics. so far there has been no reaction from the international olympic committee. trading on wall street today is expected to be a direct reaction to the government's new jobs report. experts say that report will say between 175,000 and 180,000 jobs were added last month. and the unemployment rate is expected to tick down by .1%. positive numbers could send stocks higher once again. >> now enough talk of jobs, floods and strikes. let's have some fun. >> sound like a plan. that's where these two come in, a couple of english springers, hope and rosie. check out their premeal routine along with their owner. >> it's ready! it's dinner time! ♪ dinner time ♪ hope and rosie want their dinner time ♪ ♪ because they're hungry, hungry, hungry girls ♪ ♪ yea hope ♪ yea rosie >> how about that? their owner says they go through that twice a day every day. he says hope sings beforehand.
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he left out that part of the video. well done, hope and rosie. they're synchronized. like they've been working on it. look they're working on it. they have got it down. >> that's why i love dogs. they think you are the coolest person no matter what you are doing. no matter if you are singing their way to dinner. >> exactly. maybe they're thinking, dude, enough already with the stuff. can you give me food? i don't think so. i think they're loving it. >> i think they are. >> very nice. >> nice to have a ritual around meals. >> absolutely. >> wouldn't have thought of that one. but, hey. >> sing for your supper. dance for your supper. coming up -- "glee's" good-byes. details emerging how the hit show will deal with the death of one of its biggest stars. and inside the mind of a monster. ariel castro's bizarre ramblings, claims, and we'll talk to experts to find out what is behind his beliefs. you're watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by united health care. w" weather brought to you by united health care.
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ever since we learned of the house of horrors in cleveland, ohio, it's boggled the mind. what kind of person could be so abusive to the three young women? >> yesterday some insight at his sentencing hearing. ariel castro rambled on about how sick he was and how misunderstood. and "nightline" coanchor cynthia mcfadden spoke to the experts. >> reporter: ariel castro took full advantage for his right to spea for 16 minutes he alternated between self pity and
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apology, and defiance and lack of remorse. through it all, stunning delusion. >> most of the sex that went on in the house, probably all of it was consensual. >> reporter: perhaps, mr. castro cannot bear to see himself the way the rest of us do. saying repeatedly he is not violent. not a monster. he called himself a victim. saying, as a child he had been sexually assaulted and is now addicted to porn. the judge made short order of that. >> you have been a victimizer. >> reporter: surely mr. castro is right about one thing. he is a sick man. is ariel castro a sick man or just an evil one? >> well, i think he himself seems confused about that. i think society is as well. he has some sort of a sexual disorder. he certainly describes the fact that he feels driven by a force that he doesn't fully understand. >> reporter: but if he's so sick, how did he go undetected all those years? >> i think what all of us are concerned about is he is a very good liar. >> reporter: being mentally ill
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does not mean he is not legally responsible. legal insanity is a high bar used in only 1% of cases. and experts say, not applicable here. a relative of gina dejesus also spoke -- >> to ariel castro -- [ speaking foreign language ] >> reporter: looking ariel castro straight in the eye, "may god have mercy on your soul." cynthia mcfadden, abc news, new york. >> it's mind-boggling to me to hear that it was consensual sex when these women are chained up. >> yeah. >> where does your mind go from chains to consensual? that's crazy. >> it was just disturbing all the way around. great to see one of his victims come forward and so bravely face him down in court. and we saw that moment. she seemed to, you know, be glad she did it. >> kind of a relief too, there is no long, drawn-out, sensational trial. he is going to jail for the rest of his life. plus 1,000 years. he is never getting out. you get the feeling like --
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closure is an overused word. there is a bit of closure here. >> yeah. well when we come back, details on "glee's" final farewell to cory monteith. plus, the latest on the simon cowell baby mama drama. "the skinny" is next. you're watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now" continues after this from our abc stations.
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♪ skinny so skinny ♪ all right, time for "the skinny." the death of cory monteith, "glee" star from a drug overdose will be dealt with directly on the show. everybody suspected this. it is now true. it has been confirmed by fox's entertainment chairman kevin reilly saying "that we will deal directly with what led to his passing specifically the drug issue." it says, goes on to say that does not however necessarily mean that monteith's finn hudson character will have died from a drug overdose, as cory monteith did last month. and reportedly, the monteith tribute will come in the third episode of the new "glee" season, which launches september 26th. while he goes on to say, while there is a strong feeling for the tribute episode among the
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cast, led by his girlfriend, lea michelle, who plays rachel berry on the show, and cory monteith's real-life girlfriend. they say they're still working out the details of this tribute episode. they want a few weeks to work it out more. but the runup to the episode will enclud a seinclude a serie service announcements dealing with drug abuse. that should be a powerful episode for sure. >> surely hit home with the cast, too. >> yeah. valerie harper announced she had term than braille cancer and as little as three months to live. but she is doing great right now. she is making a movie. she's filming in canada this week. it wraps up august 11th. it is going to be for a film "the town that came a-courting," for the up cable channel. great to see she is out and about. and continuing to work. even though she is facing pretty terrible diagnosis. >> yeah, an unbelievably strong woman, such a great attitude. really amazing. hats off to her. >> yeah, she is 73 years old by the way. still going strong. >> what an inspiration. all right. let's talk about simon cowell's issues, the baby mama drama.
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>> how could we not? how could we not? >> this comes courtesy of the daily news. lauren silverman, the married mother of simon cowell's baby, stepped out thursday for the first time since of the news of the affair with "the x factor" judge broke. the 36-year-old socialite was photographed with a baby bump underneath her dress. apparently in bridgehampton, new york. they talked with carol eisenberg, that would be her mother, she spoke to "the daily news" when -- a day after it was revealed that her daughter, married to cowell's real estate buddy, was pregnant with a child, the tv star's child. she slammed any critics who are ripping her daughter as a gold digger. she says that's just not the case. my daughter is a wonderful girl. and a wonderful mother. people like to talk. that's all i have to say. sources in "the daily news" said simon assumed she was using birth control. and simon thought this was a casual relationship. a friends with benefits situation. the pregnancy was not planned. he is feeling tricked according to sources in "the daily news." >> we'll leave that one alone.
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enough has been said about that situation. let's talk about beyonce. she had an incredible performance in detroit, the home of motown, as many of you know. she decided she was going to film -- going to sing a special song because obviously detroit has had a lot of problems and the city has filed for bankruptcy. she did this rendition of sam cooke's "a change going to come" during her concert in detroit. it was so well received and so beautiful. they had video images behind her that hearken back to detroit as when they were, at the peak of the auto industry, and the peak of motown. >> yeah, of course. >> detroit's better days. really an inspiration to the crowd and now it's become a full-on video. >> let's listen in. ♪ it's been too hard living but i'm afraid to die ♪ ♪ i don't know what's up there beyond the sky ♪ re
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♪ i'm feeling all right i'm not feeling that good myself ♪ finally this half hour, a look back at the week's headlines. from an explosion at a propane plant to explosive allegations in sports. >> there were some surprising touches of the best of human nature as well. see how many of these moments you remember. >> in my 36 years of fire service, i have never seen anything like this. >> i went out in the backyard and the sky was just lit up red. vibrant red with a huge plume of smoke. >> it was just constant explosions. >> i apologize to the people of san diego. >> i turned my head at that moment and on the side of my face, i got a very wet, saliva-filled kiss including
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feeling his tongue on my cheek. >> i don't quit. new yorkers don't quit. i am not going to go into the corner and curl up because somebody found out something embarrassing about me. >> it is a very unhappy day. she is a grownup and she will deal with it. >> on the biggest charge in the case, the government ends up leaving the courtroom with its tail between its legs. >> we can't survive on $7.25. it is impossible. i go to work every day faithfully. i get nothing out of it. we can't survive on 7.25. >> cannes is an easy target, because they have poor security, the security guards are unarmed. and a lot of wealthy people buying high-dollar items and easy access to other countries. >> translator: if someone is gay and he searches for the lord and has goodwill, who am i to judge? >> it was a different tone than we have heard from the vatican. and i thought it was very
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pastoral and compassie. >> major league baseball is going to try to ban alex but if they do, they know they're going to get an incredible fight with the union. >> in this day and age in sports where w kinick tired of all of the steroid athletes and all of the misbehavior, to hear about a man who does that, that is pretty cool. >> that was some moment, wasn't it? golfermaha pen and the million-dol >> yeah, check ou momenhe wook, it's "in case you missed it." i have got to ask you, pretend you are in the hospital, about to give birth. u tet hio cf&could potentially to give birth. u tet hio cf&could potentially a t but you know wh he th decision which makes it vy >> boy, set bar >> yes, you're right. and
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making news in america this morning, dire warning. the u.s. targets. new developments and a live report from washington. courtroom drama. the man who held three women captive for a decade said he's no monster. one of the brave women stares him down with an emotional message. lawmakers let their fists do the arguing. a brawl inside one country's parliament overnight. 14 and dancing dog. two pets in tandem. when their owner sings them a tune. good friday morning, everyone.

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